Bodybuilding icon Ronnie Coleman enjoyed one of the most highly decorated careers in the sport before moving on from professional competition. In a recent video uploaded to YouTube, Coleman shared four of the greatest bodybuilding poses of all time that he liked to perform on stage.
Ronnie Coleman made a name for himself with his freakish muscle mass, size, and overall balance as a Men’s Open competitor in the IFBB Pro League. Coleman secured his maiden Sandow trophy by defeating fellow legend Flex Wheeler at the 1998 Mr. Olympia. Once Coleman was at the helm, he left no room for error as he successfully defended the title seven times in a row to become an eight-time Mr. Olympia champion. His infamous rivalry with four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler elevated his stardom to new heights. His final Olympia appearance happened in 2007, after which he hung up his posing trunks.
Coleman remains connected with the bodybuilding community through his prominent stature. He weighed in on social media fitness sensation Liver King’s craziest antics last October. He was puzzled by Liver King’s abs and left stunned after watching King munch on raw meat and organs. While some have strong takes on King’s philosophy, Coleman extended him an offer to train together.
Besides his impressive package, Coleman was renowned for going to the extreme in training sessions and recorded some insanely heavy lifts over the years, including 800 lbs squat and a 2,400-lb leg press. Powerlifting sensation Larry Wheels joined forces with Coleman to test out his lower body strength on the same exercises five months ago.
‘The King’ usually promotes lifting heavy in the gym, as is evident by his iconic catchphrase, “light weight baby!” However, he called on people to be careful with the amount of weight they try to pull after watching a compilation of insane gym fails.
Two months ago, Ronnie Coleman teamed up with Cutler and internet influencer Jesse James West. The trio went through a back and bicep workout routine as the two recollected memories of competing against each other on stage.
Coleman paid a hefty price for his stellar achievements. He was plagued by injuries he picked up in his heyday. Fortunately, he was able to recover after years of battling injuries with the help of stem cell treatment earlier this year. He pinned the blame on his days of playing football before becoming a bodybuilder of the highest caliber.
Ronnie Coleman shares 4 of his greatest bodybuilding poses of all time
In a recent YouTube video, Ronnie Coleman shared four of the greatest bodybuilding poses he liked to perform.
Back Lat Spread
“Back lat spread quickly became my most dominant pose and the reason I won the 1998 Olympia,” said Coleman. “I pretty much won the competition from the back. I’ll never forget a judge approaching me after the show and claiming my back was so wide it reminded him of a cobra head. It stuck with me throughout my career. One of my most extraordinary poses was as deadly to my competitors as a cobra.”
Side Chest Pose
“I’ve always considered the side chest pose the most challenging one because I naturally have dominant arms. Coming into my second Olympia victory, I felt my side chest was a weak point. So, I spent extra attention doing my training and hopefully turn the weakness into a massive strength. This is my favorite pose now because I worked my butt off for it.”
“The most muscular pose is probably the most common and popular pose of all-time because it incorporates nearly every muscle in your body and gives the judges and the audience an overall view of your conditioning. I’ll never forget the room going quiet and the faces in pure shock.”
Front Lat Spread
“I brought some serious width with this pose. It felt like I was on an island all on my own when it come to balance. Hell, I was usually told that I could fly with those wings and I believed it.”
Ronnie Coleman leads the list alongside Lee Haney for the most successful Olympia competitor of all time with eight wins under his belt. He appears to be healing well. A month ago, Dr. Khan indicated positive findings from Coleman’s stem cell therapy and believes full recovery is to follow.
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